William Smellie Bibliography

Treatise on the Theory and Practice of Midwifery 1752
Smellie set up a school in London in the 1740s to teach male pupils midwifery. He designed obstetric forceps and with his pupils delivered more than a thousand poor women within a ten year period. Smellie's interventions were attacked by the London midwife Elizabeth Nihell, who had trained at the Paris H“tel-Dieu. In her Professed Midwife: A Man-Midwife or a Midwife? A Treatise on the Art of Midwifery (1760) Nihell railed against male midwives and their instruments, particularly Smellie with his ?delicate fist of a great horse-godmother of a he-midwife.?
A Discourse on Charity 1753
Encyclopaedia Britannica; or a dictionary of arts and sciences, compiled upon a new plan . . . 1768
Published in 3 volumes between 1768 and 1771.
An Essay on the Nature, Powers and Privileges of Juries 1784
The Philosophy of Natural History 1790
Smellie caused much controversary when he questioned Linnaeus' claims regarding the sexuality of plants.
Literary and characteristical lives of John Gregory, M.D. Henry Home, Lord Kames. David Hume, Esq. and Adam Smith, L.L.D. To which are added A dissertation on public spirit; and three essays. By the late William Smellie, . . . 1800